The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a proposal by East Kentucky Power Cooperative for an energy conservation program.
Under the program, customers would allow the co-op to remotely control their air conditioners and water heaters so they could be turned off for short periods of time when demand for electricity is at its peak.
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The customers who join the voluntary program will receive credits on their bills of $10 annually per water heater and $20 per central air conditioner, the commission said. They can also choose to receive a digital thermostat in place of the $20 credit per central air conditioner.
The devices that are installed to regulate the appliances are free.
A pilot version of this program suggested the co-op could cut its summer electricity demand by about 2 percent if it was implemented across its 16 member cooperatives.